Category: Golf Articles

Duality and Ethics of Golf

In the fall of 2011 I started working on a Masters Degree in Coaching Education from Ohio University. I will occasionally write about different topics discussed in my classes. The most recent class discusses the ethics and duality of sports. While sports can be a positive experience for many there are also many negative situations …

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Junior Golf Promotes Healthy Lifestyle

Athletics help teach many life lessons such as teamwork, leadership skills, discipline, perseverance, courage to take risks, the ability to learn from failure, never give up and do your best. I encourage my son, and all the kids I teach in golf to remain active. It’s great if they play golf, after all, it is …

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John Brodie: Three Cheers for the Dabbler?

The Los Angeles Rams never had a bigger fan than me. They were the forces of good – Roman Gabriel, Dick Bass, Jack Snow, the Fearsome Foursome – all of them. The most important games of the year were played against the San Francisco 49ers – the evil empire, complete with their wizard quarterback. When …

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Golf Fashion: Oh…don’t go out looking like that

Steel Magnolias co-star Olympia Dukakis had a line for the ages, suggesting that the difference between mankind and the beasts lies in our ability to accessorize.  Nowhere is that more relevant than in the game of golf and its accompanying sense of fashion. The movie script made no mention, however, of our ability to accessorize …

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Golf Trek: The Future

Science fiction was such a different thing back in the fifties, and we were so easy. A couple of antennae sticking out of a football helmet, and we were good. Then along came Star Trek and Star Wars.  I thought that our unenlightened days were over, but golf has put some of us right back …

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Golf Terminology: You Can Bet On It

  Ask almost any lifetime golfer, and he or she will claim to know the language of the game, the basic vocabulary required for a suave, modern round. However, beneath the puny lexicon known to the average week-ender is an enormous etymological nightmare. Some archaic golf terminology springs from the annals of past centuries and …

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Sexy Golf: Isn’t the Game Cool Enough?

I ran across an article from 2004 this week that discussed a possible suspension (or fine) of LPGA tour member Laura Godfrey – for not being pretty or sexy enough to appear before the public. At first glance, I assumed that this must be a player who flaunted the dress code or some other personal …

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The Golf Caddy: A Tribute

In the democratic age, the poor fellow who carries around another’s golf bag doesn’t fit the image of the emancipated servant, but we shouldn’t be too quick to judge or claim elitism. There’s more to it. The golf caddy has a noble lineage with some surprising side features, and considering that some of our greatest …

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Temper, Temper: The Need for Golf Humor

If we pause to truly consider what the Scots brought about by inventing the strange, complicated game of golf, we might see it for the social and emotional contradiction that it really is. Harold Seagull called it “an adventure…a romance…a Shakespeare play in which disaster and comedy are intertwined,” and he was right. The buttons …

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If You Go Out in the Woods Today: Golf and Dangerous Wildlife

To read about recent efforts by golf course designers to include the well-being of wild animals and local foliage is encouraging.  There are an awful lot of courses in the world. Within the U.S. alone, Florida houses over twelve hundred. New designs are taking species of wildlife and their seasonal variations into account with improvements …

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